The Children & Youth Choirs strengthen the benefits of a musical education, introduce children to Christian ministry through music, and encourage growth into adults whose faith lives are enriched through music.
St. Dunstan's has 3 age-appropriate music ministry opportunities for children & youth:
St. Nicholas (4 yrs - 3rd grade)
Children learn simple songs that follow the liturgical seasons of the church.
St. Nicholas Choir Director:Ms. Angela Stengl
Rehearsal: Sundays 5:00pm-5:45pm in BEC 301. Meets September - May. Newcomers are always welcome. Children must be signed in and out by a parent or guardian.
Performance: St. Nicholas will lend their voices to the glory of God at the 9:00am service on appointed Sundays and a few special services throughout the year. On the morning of performance days, children should sit with their parents at the 9:00am service and will adjourn when the priest dismisses the children for Children's Liturgy. St. Nicholas choir members will warm up/rehearse during this time and will quietly process back in to church to sing at the Offertory. Children will be vested in choir robes. Sunday best attire is recommended on the occasions that robes will not be used.
St. Cecilia ( 4th - 12th grade)
St. Cecilia Choir Director:Mr. David Horn
Rehearsal: Sundays 5:00pm- 6:00pm in the Parish Hall. Meets September - May. Newcomers are always welcome.
Performance: St. Cecilia will lend their voices and instruments to the glory of God at the 9:00am service on appointed Sundays and a few special services throughout the year. On the morning of performance Sundays, students will warm up at 8:00am in the Parish Hall. Sunday best attire is recommended for all performances.
Chimes (4th - 12th grade)
Chimers learn how to make beautiful music through chime bells. Chimers learn how to work as team, read music, and music performance.
Chimes Choir Director: Ms. Naomi McElroy
Rehearsal: Sundays 4:15pm- 5:00pm in the Choir Room. Meets September - May. Newcomers are always welcome.
Performance: Chimers will lend their chimes to the glory of God at the 9:00am service on during appointed Sunday services throughout the year. On the morning of performance Sundays, students will warm up at 8:15am in the Choir Room. Sunday best attire is recommended for all performances.
Rehearsal Dates for Spring 2023:
January: 8, 15, 22, 29
February: 5, 19, 26
No Rehearsal February 12
March: 5, 19, 26
No Rehearsal March 12 (Spring Break)
April: 16, 23, 30
No Rehearsal April 2 (Palm Sunday), 9 (Easter)
Performances Dates for Spring 2023:
St. Nicholas Choir
February 19: 9:00am service
April 2: 9:00am service
May 14: 11:00am service
St. Cecilia Choir
February 19: 11:00am service
April 2: 11:00am service
May 14: 11:00am service
March 5: 9am service
May 7: 11:00am service
Attendance makes a difference!
Due to the nature of choral singing, attendance at rehearsals and liturgies is important. We depend on each other to create a blend of voices and the overall sound. Even one or two voices missing or added later can change that sound. That applies even more so to the Chimes Choir--an absence means that one or more notes are completely missing from a piece--like playing a piano with broken keys. Your child's presence makes a difference!
Children are asked to be present for rehearsal in order to participate effectively in a performance. Incentives are offered for frequent attendance by directors. Parents are asked to drop off and pick up choristers at designated rehearsal spaces.